Thailand has two entrants in the prestigious international competition
Ten semi-finalists, from each of the 21 regions competing worldwide, are now one step closer to winning the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 competition. Thailand’s two contestants have just been announced, and they are Ployumporn Ar-Yucharoen, the Chef de Partie from La Scala Italian restaurant at The Sukhothai hotel, and Jim Ophorst, Executive Chef at Pru restaurant in Phuket’s Trisara resort. Chef Ployumporn is also the only female chef to make the regional semi-finals.
The semi-finalists from each region of the world will attend local challenges before the Southeast Asia challenge in Singapore on Oct 23, 2017. The Southeast Asian winner will later join the other 20 winning chefs from other regions at Grand Finale in June of 2018. Participants were selected from thousands of applications submitted by young chefs from over 90 different countries, and each
young chef’s application and signature dish was evaluated by experts at the World’s Leading International Educational and Training Centre for Italian Cuisine, ALMA, in charge of the local finalist selection. The experts of ALMA evaluated the applications in adherence to the five Golden Rules: ingredients, skill, genius, beauty and message. Each finalist will be assigned a “Mentor Chef” (a member of their regional jury), who will provide them guidance on how to improve their signature dishes and support them in their preparation for the international finals.
Jim Ophorst, earned himself a place in the Southeast Asia semi-final with his signature dish ‘Cauliflower’. Meanwhile, Ployumporn Ar-Yucharoen secured her spot with her signature dish ‘Beauty and the Beast’.